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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


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  1. I think they know they aren't going to be bottom 2 places. Going on todays results, the bottom 2 would probably be the French and Artemis to be honest. I also think ETNZ did enough to get a psychological edge over Jimmy. ETNZ lost that race as opposed to Oracle winning it. Tactical mistakes opened the door for Oracle. Those can be analysed and rectified. If it had not have happened, Team NZ would probably have beaten Oracle by a decent margin. That would have been enough to put the shits up Oracle. After all, ETNZ were very late and are a brand new team who took Oracle (a well tested, well trained and well designed team) to the absolute limit today on next to no practice.
  2. Team NZ tomorrow morning:
  3. James Spithill can't have been that much better than PB. If he was, he would not have been led around an Americas Cup course by a team of new comers who have never sailed an Americas Cup foiling catamaran in anger before. The fact that a bunch of kids, brand new to the AC took his experienced well trained, seasoned guys to the limit shows how talented PB is. Burling made a tactical mistake, but that can be learned from and improved. Design flaws can't. Both boats are equal speed-wise. Team NZ may even have a speed advantage, but its just the first race.
  4. And he'll learn that lesson. Jimmy is a seasoned AC veteran, as is Dean Barker, and Dean Barker sailed a very classic, conservative match race against Artemis, and got beaten by Artemis. It was a good check in for ETNZ, and they proved they're at the front of the pack. Its just the first day, so no need to start panicking.
  5. Burling just needs to be himself. Interviews and press conferences don't matter. What happens on the water is what matters. This is his first Americas Cup. Whatever "Beef" there is, is between GD and JS. Burling does his talking on the water. And today he proved he's one of, if not THE best challenger. He is also only a helmsman. This isn't professional wrestling so there's no need for him to talk smack about his competitors.
  6. Appropriate for Ben Ainslie right now.
  7. Pretty tough moment for Ben. Dean came in hot and then turned up forcing Ben to have to try and avoid. I don't think anyone could've avoided Japan in that situation at those speeds. Deserved penalty yes. But its the same as Rugby where the rules say the tackler must roll away, well its pretty hard to do that when you have 10 guys on top of you in the ruck.
  8. Yeah its sort of hard to say. I think both boats may have drifted into each other. BAR more than Softbank, but that's exactly what it looked like. BAR just got up on the foils as Ben took evasive action. It just didn't work out the way he wanted. It certainly looked pretty bad, but I think given the situation, Ben did everything he could to avoid, he just lost control for that split second.
  9. I think perhaps the word you're looking for is "Resent" haha. I can't say why they didn't protest, because in hindsight they probably should have. But I guess it could be because its not what they're used to. They're green in terms of AC type kill or be killed type racing. They will have learned that today. In Olympic sailing he who sails best will win. In the AC, sometimes its he who can influence an umpire and take advantage of a 50/50 situation by yelling and screaming will gain an advantage, and thats what happened today.
  10. When you watch it back, as I've just done, it looked as if Barkers move caught Ainslie by surprise, and in trying to avoid, the boat got up on the foils, picked up speed and got out of control. It doesn't look like Ainslie had much of a choice, as Barkers move meant he came in at speed, his bows dug in and he looked to drift towards BAR, and Ben lost control of the boat trying to take evasive action.
  11. I think what he is trying to say is "You all need to just say Oracle is stronger, better and faster than anyone else, and no one comes close" and then in a loud voice scream "USA, USA, USA" then he'll be happy.
  12. I have to say, its much easier just to call them by name isn't it? ETNZ OTUSA, Softbank, Artemis, LRBAR and Team France.
  13. Even Ken Read stated "the Umpires were very generous today" The young ETNZ team is still very green when it comes to the ruthless world of Americas Cup. In Olympic sailing, its about respecting your competitors and doing the best you can to win any given race. In the AC its about kill or be killed, they need to be ruthless. Spithill is ruthless, he'll yell and scream to get his way, thats what the Kiwi's need to learn.
  14. Come on mate. Everyone knows they're the same team. Ben Ainslie even said it today in his pre-race interview. Oracle and Japan are the same team, thats the way it is.